TWC embraces ‘Untouchable’

Deal includes distribution and remake rights to French-language film

The Weinstein Co. has acquired distribution and remake rights to the French-language film “Untouchable,” based on the true story of a wealthy paraplegic who develops an unlikely friendship with a guy from the street whom he hires to be his aide.

Distrib rights, acquired from Gaumont, include North America, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, South Africa and China, plus pan-Asian satellite TV. A U.S. theatrical release is expected in 2012.

The Weinstein Co. also has rights to co-finance and co-produce an English-language remake with Gaumont and original producers Quad Films.

“Untouchable,” directed by Eric Toledano and co-writer Olivier Nakache, stars Francois Cluzet (“Tell No One”).

“Occasionally, you find a story that translates universally, and ‘Untouchable’ is a perfect example,” TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said in a statement. “We look forward to bringing this beautiful and entertaining film to a worldwide audience.”

Deal was negotiated for TWC by chief operating officer David Glasser and Peter Lawson, exec VP of acquisitions and co-productions, and for Gaumont by head of international sales Cecile Gaget.

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